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Dr. Bankole A. Johnson, Chairman of Adial Pharmaceuticals, Receives Prestigious American Society of Addiction Medicine Award


Dr. Johnson Recognized for Advancing Scientific Understanding of Alcoholism and its Prevention

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Feb. 07, 2019 — Adial Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADIL; ADILW), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of treatments for addiction, congratulates its Chairman, Dr. Bankole Johnson, DSc, MD, for being named as the 2019 recipient of the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s (ASAM) Brinkley Smithers Distinguished Scientist Award.

The award recognizes and honors an individual who has made highly meritorious contributions in advancing the scientific understanding of alcoholism, its prevention and treatment. The Award and lecture will be presented at ASAM’s 50th Annual Conference in April, 2019.

“This award from the American Society of Addiction Medicine is a great honor for Dr. Johnson, and it highlights how his leadership is bringing progress in the quest to find clinically based solutions for addiction to help the millions struggling with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD),” commented William Stilley, CEO of Adial Pharmaceuticals. “As recently reported in The Lancet, one of the world’s leading medical journals, alcohol is the number one cause of death globally among both men and women ages 15 to 49 years. Dr. Johnson’s work and leadership in the field is aimed to specifically address this enormous issue and this recognition highlights a career of dedication to finding answers for those suffering from AUD.”

The ASAM, founded in 1954, is a professional medical society representing more than 6,000 physicians, clinicians and associated professionals in the field of addiction medicine. The R. Brinkley Smithers Distinguished Scientist Award and Lecture was established by ASAM in 1995 as a lasting tribute to R. Brinkley Smithers, who influenced American alcoholism policy, theory and treatment.

About Adial Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Adial Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of treatments for addictions. The Company’s lead investigational new drug candidate, AD04, is a genetically targeted therapeutic agent for the treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder (“AUD”). A Phase 2b clinical trial of AD04 for the treatment of AUD showed promising results in reducing frequency of drinking, quantity of drinking and heavy drinking (all with statistical significance), and no overt safety concerns (there were no statistically significant serious adverse events reported). The Company plans to commence a Phase 3 clinical trial using AD04 for the potential treatment of AUD in subjects with certain target genotypes, which are to be identified using the Company’s proprietary companion diagnostic genetic test. AD04 is also believed to have the potential to treat other addictive disorders such as opioid use disorder, gambling, and obesity.

Forward Looking Statements

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